Young children are learning to manage their behaviors and feelings. They may need many reminders of what appropriate behavior looks like. Clear directions from adults in a calm, firm tone of voice help children know what to do.
- Teach expectations
Talk about how you expect children to act in a group, at meal times, and during cleanup times. Show them what you mean by modeling the desired behaviors.
- Respond consistently
When adults are consistent with consequences and responses, children will understand what has happened in the past and what they can expect in the future.
- Keep a schedule
When children are tired, hungry, or thirsty, it is more difficult for them to engage in appropriate behavior. Keep a consistent schedule so children’s physical needs are met.
- Use natural consequences
Children learn through cause and effect. If your child spills crackers on the floor, have her help pick them up.